The Insurance Charities and the Alzheimer’s Society’s Insurance United Against Dementia (IUAD) campaign have joined forces to create a bespoke support service for people affected by dementia in the insurance industry.
At a reception held last week at the historical MCC Museum at Lord’s cricket ground, guests from across the industry gathered to hear about the work of The Insurance Charities and their recently launched partnership with the UK’s leading dementia charity.
Anyone in the industry living with dementia, or who has a loved one diagnosed with the illness can now contact The Insurance Charities who will refer them to a dedicated adviser at Alzheimer’s Society to provide help that’s right for them. This could be emotional or legal support on the phone, through to connecting them with a local dementia support worker.
An innovative pilot initiative in the Birmingham region has also been created to provide meaningful volunteering roles, that offer the sector the opportunity to give back to their local communities. Volunteering can take place on weekdays, evenings or during weekends, by phone or face-to-face.
Speaking ahead of the event The Insurance Charities CEO Annali-Joy Thornicroft said: ‘We know that an increasing number of people are affected by dementia and that many want to support those going through challenging times. That’s why we are delighted to have developed this project offering insurance people fast track support and volunteering opportunities which will make a real difference to those living with dementia.’
Tim McLachlan, Director of Local and National Services, at Alzheimer’s Society said of the partnership:
‘At Alzheimer’s Society, we strive to ensure everyone affected by dementia knows we are here in their moment of need – but we can’t do this alone. Our innovative partnership with The Insurance Charities will help us to reach more people with dedicated support and advice. And by creating more volunteers we can ensure that people with dementia can remain active in their local communities. It’s fantastic to see the insurance industry galvanising to support people affected by dementia.’
The event, which took place during The Insurance Charities annual awareness week and ICC Cricket World Cup, included a speech by Angus Fraser MBE, a former English cricketer and well-known journalist and sports commentator.
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Notes to editors
- The Insurance Charities is the charity for the UK and Irish insurance industry, providing support for current and former insurance employees and their dependants since 1902. The Charity gives over £1.7 million of help each year to insurance people in need.
- Established in the City of London in 1902 as The Insurance Clerks Orphanage, The Insurance Charities now provide help and support to past and present employees of the UK and Irish insurance sector and their dependants. There have been a few name changes and mergers over the years, but the Charity’s mission has stayed the same; to provide help and assistance to insurance and insurance related employees and their families.
- The Insurance Charities offer help in a range of ways to employees and their families in the UK and Ireland. For example, by financing essential items such as equipment to help with reduced mobility, property adaptation work which cannot be funded by government, the replacement of appliances or even essential property maintenance. The organisation also provides regular support where income is generally restricted or insufficient to meet higher than average costs resulting from things such as health conditions. Financial help can be available on an outright or charitable loan basis. Other forms of help are also available including signposting to specialist advice during difficult life events such as depression or loneliness, as well as giving practical support to those with health worries, money management and housing concerns.
- The Insurance Charities is a charity registered in England & Wales no. 206860, Ireland no. 20200129, Scotland no. SC047527 and Isle of Man no. 1230. A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England no. 74461, at Third Floor, 2 St Andrews Hill, London EC4V 5BY, and in the Isle of Man no. 006098F, at Third Floor, 10-12 Prospect Hill Douglas IM1 1EJ.
- Any insurance employees, past or present, who are experiencing difficult life events should visit the help and support section of The Insurance Charities websiteto find out more.
- Follow The Insurance Charities on Twitter, and on Linkedin.
- Insurance United Against Dementia is a fundraising and awareness campaign led by Alzheimer’s Society and leaders from the insurance sector.
- Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Alzheimer’s Society research shows that by 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. This will soar to two million by 2051.
- Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year – that’s one every three minutes. Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.
- Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia and has committed to spend at least £150 million on research over the next decade. This includes a £50 million investment in the UK’s first dedicated Dementia Research Institute.
- Find out more about Insurance United Against Dementia at www.alzheimers.org.uk/iuad
- Follow IUAD on Twitter, on the Linked In group Insurance United Against Dementia,and on Alzheimer’s Society YouTube channel.